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At 26, Daniel Radcliffe has fans to last him a lifetime, but now is the time to recognize him as one of the great actors working today. Chosen from droves of adorable English schoolchildren, Radcliffe was plucked from obscurity to play “The Boy Who Lives” in a fleet of “Harry Potter” blockbusters. Shouldering the weight of global fame and intense fandom, he made the treacherous crossing from child star to respected thespian by challenging himself with naked and vulnerable Broadway turn in “Equus,” a dark comedy TV series “The Young Doctor’s Notebook,” and the role of a young Allen Ginsburg in the biopic “Kill Your Darlings.” In comedies “Trainwreck” and “Victor Frankenstein” as well as the horrific “The Woman in Black” and “Horns,” we’ve witnessed Radcliffe’s emergence as a dynamic and daring young actor who is bankable if not a guaranteed marquee draw.
With his latest, “Swiss Army Man, »
- Kristy Puchko
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones’s mother of dragons, and handsome Sam Claflin make an attractive couple and share a few cute moments but it is not enough to save Me Before You, a three-hankie tragi-romance in the spirit of films like “The Fault in Our Stars,” based in Jojo Moyes’ bestseller novel. Clarke and Claflin play young adults and neither is dying of cancer, but an accident has put Will Traynor (Claflin) in a wheelchair and a deep depression, which his wealthy parents hope to lighten by hiring Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke), a bubbling young woman with crazy taste in clothes, as a companion.
Me Before You has parallels to romances like “The Fault in Our Stars” but it also shares elements with “My Left Foot,” “The Intouchables,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” maybe even a little “Pretty Woman.” On one level, it is the classic mismatched romance. »
- Cate Marquis
This St. Patrick's Day, besides wearing green (and perhaps some copious drinking of the green beer), you can take a virtual trip to Ireland.
Here are 17 great Irish films streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
- Sharon Knolle
The Academy Awards are this weekend - but how do you actually go about winning one? Plus: some Oscar predictions.
Whether or not you believe they’re still relevant, the Oscars are undeniably the biggest event in the Hollywood calendar. I am fascinated by them, what intrigues me most is the general consensus that this process is a game of strategy and if you want to win, you have to know the rules. But actors and directors don’t have time to work this out for themselves, they’re far too busy and important. I however am not.
Therefore I have poured over lists of Oscar winners for more time than is healthy in order to determine exactly what it takes to win one of these much desired awards. I’m going to give you the tried and tested formulai for how to win Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Picture. »
An intriguing glimpse into the lives of those who dwell off Colombia’s Caribbean coast comes wrapped in a sentimental mother-son love story in the artlessly affecting “Between Sea and Land.” Fronted by Manolo Cruz’s powerfully immobile performance as a young man with a neurological disorder, Carlos Del Castillo’s directing debut carries the viewer along with its stirring emotional directness and a rich, unusual sense of place — qualities that just about prevail over the film’s less-than-polished assembly and a climax that, for all its tearjerking potency, concludes matters on an abrupt and rather too easy note. Still, it’s no surprise that the film came away with the audience award from Sundance’s World Cinema dramatic competition; further festival berths are assured, as are offshore arthouse slots.
In addition to playing the lead role, Cruz is credited with the screenplay and the original idea for the film, »
- Justin Chang
The 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced with The Revenant leading the way with 12 nominations followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with ten. After crunching some numbers we've taken a look at how this year's crop of Best Picture nominees stacks up to prior, pre-nomination box office totals. Have a look at what we found after comparing this year's eight Best Picture nominees to 190 previous Best Picture contenders, going back 33 years to 1982. Note: Before reading on, please be aware this article is specifically comparing pre-nomination grosses (not adjusted for inflation) unless otherwise noted. To begin, Room is the sixth lowest grossing Best Picture nominee (pre-nominations) in the last 33 years with $5.1 million. The five lower grossing films are American Sniper ($3.3M), Letters from Iwo Jima ($2.5M), My Left Foot ($2.1M), The Dresser ($562k) and Amour ($371k). In fact, Room will likely end up as one of the top ten lowest grossing Best »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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